Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea look unstoppable this season and he has laid down the gauntlet to his title rivals by suggesting that his team can take anything that they throw at them. After last season’s false start, Mourinho really looks to have found the right formula this time round.
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Last season Jose Mourinho described his side as a ‘little horse’ in the title race and spent months trying to convince fans and the press that he had no expectations that Chelsea would win the league. As it was the Blues finished third, four points behind winners Manchester City, but they were in with a genuine chance of reclaiming the Premier League title and, had they not stuttered in March/ April, would most probably have overcome Manuel Pellegrini’s men. This season is very different and there is no doubting Mourinho’s confidence that his team can win their first title since 2010. Having spent last season using outdated technology to play online slots, he now looks like a man who has discovered Net Ent Casinos.
A happy Jose is bad news for his fellow Premier League managers and he has issued a warning to his competitors that he fears nothing that any other team in the Premier League can throw at them. Having maintained an unbeaten record so far this season, and comfortably defeated Arsenal last time out, it is no wonder that the Portugese is exuding confidence, but his approach has done little endear him to his fellow managers. Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane labelled him a ‘disgrace’ after he tried to shake hands with manager Paul Lambert before the end of the Blues 3-0 win, and he was involved in a pushing match with Arsene Wenger last weekend.
Season in Numbers
Regardless of what you might think of Mourinho’s attitude, you can’t argue with Chelsea’s stats so far this season.
- Chelsea unbeaten in opening seven Premier League games- won six, drawn 1
- Five points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City
- They are the league’s top scorers with 21 goals, seven more than their nearest rivals
- Also have the joint second best defence in the league
- Top scorer Diego Costa has nine goals in seven games
The Right Formula
Chelsea’s statistics speak for themselves, they have been utterly dominant so far this season and, in Diego Costa, they boast by far and away the most in-form striker in the league. Chelsea fans may have worried what effect the loss of Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole might have had on their season but the release of such senior players seems only to have galvanized the rest of the squad. In particular, Cesc Fabregas, Oscar and Eden Hazard are looking to take up the midfield mantle and Cesar Azpilicueta has made the left back berth his own. Selling David Luiz to PSG was also a master stroke from Mourinho; not only did he make £40m for the club but he also gave his defence a more balanced, assured and safe look in the process. With Cahill and Terry at the back there will be no repeat of the errors that have blighted recent campaigns and Mourinho can be sure that, after just over a year back at the Bridge, he has now got the formula right.